In this section we would like to introduce you to some of your new Cambridge Assessment colleagues. Above is a video featuring Andrew Thwaites who talks about what it's like to work within the group and shares some of his experiences during his five years with us.
Below are interviews with Kristie Slade and Jonathan Hardy who provide a further insight into life here at Cambridge Assessment and their journeys within their respective business streams.
We talk to OCR’s Kristie Slade about how she has gone from temping at DC10 to PA to the Chief Executive and is now playing a key role as part of the GQ Reform team.
“I was recently given the opportunity to take up a secondment post as a Development Project Officer (DPO) in the Qualifications Development team, which is part of the GQ (General Qualifications) Reform Programmes team in OCR. Within a short space of time this has become a permanent post, so I’m delighted to be able to develop my career in this way. Our main goal is to ensure that qualifications are accredited on first submission and I work in a team with six other DPOs project managing the whole lifecycle of developing a qualification. We manage our own portfolios for the different subjects, working with the Subject Specialists and Chairs to guide them through the qualification development process from the initial kick-off meetings through to accreditation. We help them meet key milestones and manage the production of key documents. We also ensure that key gateways within the development process are achieved such as TORG (Technical Operational Review Group) and ELAB (Education and Learning Action Board).
“I always knew I wanted to work within the field of education so finding Cambridge Assessment was perfect. The idea of working for such a prestigious company was a real draw. I began my career here temping in DC10 as an exam marker for ESOL (now Cambridge English). I then joined OCR as an administrator in Operations before moving on to become PA to the previous Operations Director. After that I became the PA to the Chief Executive of OCR. I learnt an awful lot in this role and was exposed to many areas of the business. Being such a fast-paced and varied role, it equipped me with valuable skills that I’m now using in my new role as a DPO.
“I love the challenges and variety that working in OCR brings. Each day is different and there is always something new to learn. My colleagues are wonderful of course, so that makes coming into the office worthwhile in itself! I hope to carry out a long and fruitful career within OCR.”
We talk to Jonathan about his role as Head of Schools Development with Cambridge International Examinations, his first impressions of Cambridge Assessment and hopes for the future.
"Joining Cambridge Assessment is a great opportunity. What appealed to me was the ability to bring together my business development, key account and international skills from previous roles, and apply them to an exciting new organisation. Within Cambridge International Examinations, I have functional responsibility for the schools development activity throughout our regions. We use a matrix management system (managing individuals with more than one reporting line) within our division, and all Schools Development Managers report into their Regional Directors. However, I am responsible for driving best practice and consistency across the teams, and supporting the teams to grow our business with new and existing schools.
"Cambridge Assessment is expanding very rapidly, and it is a great time to help drive this growth. My first impressions of the organisation have been very positive. I have met a huge number of impressive people who are engaged, passionate and committed to the organisation, and there are many exciting new initiatives taking place. Also, our markets are very complex, and we have some amazing teams based overseas to support these.
"As our business continues to grow, I am looking forward to the changes this will bring to our division. We are currently undergoing a rapid expansion, and the next few months and years will bring many new colleagues, schools and candidates. Our challenge will be to ensure our teams have the tools and information they need to support this increased level of activity."